Onward and Upward in 2011

I spent much of January 1st pondering my resolutions. Yes, I make resolutions every year and I do manage to keep most of them. Probably because I am constantly learning and improving and ‘resolutions’ just give me a chance to set yearly goals for things I’m already doing.

This year I have some events that are helping me by providing motivation and incentive.

For weight loss and finding a new job I have my brother’s wedding in July.

This will be my 4th trip home in 18 months, so the travel budget is looking pretty grim. Plus there is a really pretty bridemaid dress for me to wear… and I’d prefer to look pretty in it. My current body shape… well let’s just say, it has curves in all the wrong places. Must Fix!

I got a head start on the New Year by beginning to read, Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide by Gillian Butler, PhD and Tony Hope, MD, on my flight back to Vancouver. So far it’s good. It reflects a lot of the advice I’ve given to others over the years. Hopefully, I’ll be the one taking it myself this time.

I’m also reading Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up, by Patricia Ryan Madson, a Christmas gift from a friend who knew I’d like it (she’s so smart). I should have it finished by today and she’s right, I highly recommend it for folks like me who tend to plan more than they do. (another thing for me to fix)

I’ll also continue on trend and finish editing “Hiding in Plain Sight’ and have it published in February and then start working on my next one. I’d like to get two more of my novels edited this year, but I don’t think that’s realistic, so one is the goal and two is a bonus.

I’ve been concentrating on everyone else in 2010, so I’ve declared 2011 the year of ‘me-first’ (not to be confused with ‘me-only’) as an official reminder that I’m a people too.

Wish me luck!

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